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Hillary Clinton zooms past Barack Obama in popularity. Ah, sweet redemption.

October 15, 2009 |  8:00 am

Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton exchange a happy exchange after their grueling 2008 campaign for the presidency
Finally, Hillary Rodham Clinton has bested Barack Obama in a head-to-head matchup at the polls.

One year after their grueling fight for the Democratic nomination, Gallup reports that the secretary of state  is now posting a 62% approval rating, compared with the president's tally of 56%. 

"Clinton's current favorable rating ranks among her best in the 17 years Gallup has polled Americans about her," said the organization. Her highest-ever rating? That was 67%, right after her husband, President Bill Clinton, was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Maybe she has found a job worthy of her ambitions -- delivering America's message to nations around the world. Just the other day, Clinton seemed to rule out a run for the presidency again. "No, no, no," is how she put it to NBC's Ann Curry. "This is a great job. It is a 24-7 job. And I'm looking forward to retirement at some point."

But given the new numbers, the New York Daily News couldn't resist noting that HRC has about $3 million in her political coffers and added, "For Hillary fans old and new, ya never know."


-- Johanna Neuman

Photo credit: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press. Graph Credit: Gallup

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